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Asian and American, entranced by words [US]:
It's a tricky business, being a poet. You don't get anywhere near as much attention as the fiction writers. And you write slim books that maybe get you a grant here or there. The rest of the time, you support yourself with a day job or teaching.

And yet, somehow, if you are an Asian American poet at the beginning of this century, you sense something in the air. In spite of the terminal confusion that seems to be afflicting much of the country right now, it seems as if this could be the beginning of something.

Three young poets -- Victoria Chang, R. Zamora Linmark and Ed Bok Lee -- have books out in 2005, and the fact that their work has surfaced together, at this time, says lots about the state of small-press publishing -- because most poetry books are from small presses -- and bodes well. [...]
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